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Newly recommended high-yielding Group 4 hard wheat LG Typhoon will be available in time for autumn drilling.

Newly recommended high-yielding Group 4 hard wheat LG Typhoon will be available in time for autumn drilling.

A consistent and resilient variety with a solid all-round disease package and pest resistance, the new addition to the 2022-2023 AHDB Recommended List is the package growers have been asking for, says seed breeder Limagrain.

“LG Typhoon delivers an exceptional consistency of performance across very different seasons and regions of the UK, yielding 102% – a great attribute to have in any variety,” says Limagrain UK’s arable technical manager Ron Granger.

While yield is important, Mr Granger acknowledges that growers fundamentally like to grow robust varieties that deliver time and again – whatever the situation. “This is exactly what LG Typhoon does.”

Consistent performer

He attributes LG Typhoon’s consistency of performance across locations, seasons and rotations, mostly down to the variety’s excellent all-round foliar disease resistance and agronomic characteristics.

“It has a very good untreated yield (89%); an important attribute even in the hard feed sector, that was traditionally a high input, high output scenario, and is a valuable tool regarding fungicide programmes and timings,” he says.

“LG Typhoon’s resistance rating of 7.2 (3 year data set) for Septoria, comes from a combination of genetic sources different to those in the majority of current RL varieties, and is a significant factor in protecting this resistance rating going forward.”

Yellow rust resistance

“It has an excellent yellow rust resistance of 9, combined with YR seedling resistance – a valuable insurance around the earlier spray windows of T0 & T1, where yellow rust can be the main focus in regional high pressure situations.”

But Mr Granger is keen to point out that all crops should be closely monitored and treated appropriately as both yellow rust and septoria strains are continuously evolving – a lesson learnt in the 2021 season.

Typhoon offers the bonus of Orange Wheat Blossom Midge (OWBM) resistance, in addition to a (6) for eyespot and fusarium. As a second wheat, it yields 104% of control, putting it among the most popular varieties in this rotational position.

LG Typhoon also offers valuable on-farm agronomics. Its stiff straw and good lodging resistance is in line with other feed wheats, such as Gleam. With a specific weight of 76.3 kg/hl, it is also similar to Gleam.

Later maturing

It can be drilled from mid-September to mid-February but performs particularly well when sown early, yielding 105% over controls. This is more than hard wheats Graham and Gleam in this sowing period, says Mr Granger.

Typhoon is slightly later to mature (+2), similar to Costello, but Mr Granger does not see this as an issue. “As we learnt with our later variety Revelation (+3), it is important to have a range of maturities across the farm to spread harvest risk.”